The President of UKRAINE has vowed to hold Vladimir Putin accountable after a Russian missile attack on a theater killed seven people – including a six-year-old girl.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his soldiers were making a “remarkable response” to what he called a “terrorist attack” that killed little Sofia and other victims.
At least 15 children were among the 148 wounded and as of last night at least 25 civilians were being treated in hospital.
UN officials described Saturday’s strike in Chernihiv as “abhorrent”.
In his evening video address, President Zelenskyy said: “Unfortunately, seven people have died. Among them is a girl, her name was Sofia. She was six years old. My condolences to the relatives.
“I am sure that our soldiers will hold Russia accountable for this terrorist attack. Be specific about it.”
Earlier on Saturday he said online: “A Russian missile fell in the middle of the city, in our Chernihiv. A square, the Polytechnic University, a theater.
“An ordinary Saturday that Russia turned into a day of pain and loss.”
A short video accompanying Zelenskyi’s message showed debris scattered in a square in front of the theater damaging parked cars.
Yesterday, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said: “Seven people have been killed and doctors are struggling to save the lives of the injured.”
“Even though the theater has been destroyed, we’ve only grown stronger, more determined, and more confident of victory.
“The evil is dealt with. No amount of terror can prevent this punishment.”
The missile hit a theater in the morning where a gathering of drone manufacturers was taking place.
When the air raid sirens went off, everyone inside managed to get into the air raid shelters.
Most of the victims crossed the street, drove in their vehicles, or were returning from the church.
Bloodied civilians were later seen walking across the square while others hugged as a rescue operation began.
A witness, restaurant manager Anna Zahreba, said: “There were two 12-year-old girls and a lot of blood.” One of them had a serious leg injury.
“Another girl screamed. We put on a tourniquet and waited for an ambulance.”
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Denise Brown said yesterday it was “abhorrent to attack the main square of a big city in the morning while people are walking, some going to church to celebrate a religious day for many Ukrainians”.